Leonardo's laptop: Human needs and the new computing technologies [Book Review]


The old computing was about what computers could do; the new computing is about what people can do.To accelerate the shift from the old to the new computing designers need to:<ol><li>reduce computer user frustration. Recent studies show 46% of time is lost to crashes, confusing instructions, navigation problems, etc. Public pressure for change could promote design improvements and increase reliability, thereby dramatically enhancing user experiences.</li><li>promote universal usability. Interfaces must be tailorable to a wide range of hardware, software, and networks, and users. When broad services such as voting, healthcare, and education are envisioned, the challenge to designers is substantial.</li><li>envision a future in which human needs more directly shape technology evolution. Four circles of human relationships and four human activities map out the human needs for mobility, ubiquity, creativity, and community. The World Wide Med and million-person communities will be accessible through desktop, palmtop and fingertip devices to support e-learning, e-business, e-healthcare, and e-government.</li></ol>Leonardo da Vinci could help as an inspirational muse for the new computing. His example could push designers to improve quality through scientific study and more elegant visual design. Leonardo's example can guide us to the new computing, which emphasizes empowerment, creativity, and collaboration. Information visualization and personal photo interfaces will be shown: PhotoMesa (www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/photomesa) and PhotoFinder (www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/photolib).For more: http://mitpress.mit.edu/leonardoslaptop and http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/newcomputing.

DOI: 10.1145/1099554.1099555

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@article{Oberquelle2003LeonardosLH, title={Leonardo's laptop: Human needs and the new computing technologies [Book Review]}, author={Horst Oberquelle}, journal={IEEE Annals of the History of Computing}, year={2003}, volume={25}, pages={85-85} }